• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF Mount
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 5+
  • Effective Pixels: Approx. 20.20-megapixels
  • ISO: ISO 100 – 12800 (Standard)
  • Built-in Flash: Retractable, Auto Pop-up Flash
  • LCD Monitor: 3-inch Capacitive Clear View II TFT LCD
  • Storage Type: SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, Remote Control Terminal (RS-60E3), Built-in Wireless, Wireless Remote Control (RC-6 Compatible), Eye-Fi, 3.5mm stereo microphone-in
  • Dimensions: 139.0 x 104.3 x 78.5mm
  • Weight: 675g (Body Only)
  • Pros:
  • Impressive image quality
  • Super continuous AF for movies
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • 19-AF pounts
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Cons:
  • Single SD card slot
  • No built-in GPS
  • Unable to record videos when Wi-Fi is on
  • Creative filters & HDR JPEG only

Improvements A Plenty

Canon’s EOS 60D may be a little over three years old now but it is still highly regarded as one of the best mid-range SLRs for enthusiasts due to its ability to produce stunning images and myriad of features. However, for those who are looking to get upgrade their aging shooter to one with newer features and technology, then the EOS 70D is the natural way to go as it outdoes its predecessor in many ways.

Much like its predecessor, the controls on the back of the 70D are located very strategically and easy to get to even when you have your eye on the viewfinder

Much like its predecessor, the controls on the back of the 70D are located very strategically and easy to get to even when you have your eye on the viewfinder

If you’ve seen or used the EOS 60D before, then you will be very familiar with the 70D as it looks very much the same to the 60D but upon closer inspection you will notice that it is smaller by just a very little bit and has had some changes done to it. While it isn’t made out of metal like some of its competition, the 70D is still very solid and can take a few bumps. We had it with us during our recent trip to Japan and even in the cold weather of 4-degrees Celsius, the 70D held up very nicely.

Much of the button layout on the top and back of the 70D is reminiscent of the 60D and that’s a really good thing as we always found that they were very easy to get to even when we had our eye on the viewfinder. There are some minor changes and additional buttons here and there but at the end of the day, it won’t take too long for an experienced or even amateur photographer to get familiar with where the buttons are situated.

It may seem like the top side looks exactly the same as the 60D but Canon have replaced the mono microphone for stereo speakers near the hot shoe and a focus area expansion control

It may seem like the top side looks exactly the same as the 60D but Canon have replaced the mono microphone for stereo speakers near the hot shoe and a focus area expansion control

Seeing as this is a mid-range DSLR, it actually produced very impressive images as they had very natural colours with a good balance of saturation and contrast and also retained plenty of details in both bright and low light conditions. There was hardly any chromatic aberration even when we zoomed in really closely to our photos. Furthermore, with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, photographers are able to easily capture fast moving subjects and yet still come out with great quality shots.

The EOS 70D can support quite a good range of accessories

The EOS 70D can support quite a good range of accessories and ouputs

Speaking of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, those who love recording videos will also love the 70D as it has easily the fastest continuous focus to-date that improves focusing tremendously in live view and movie mode.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For photographers and Canon fans who have been waiting for a successor to the well-loved EOS 60D, the EOS 70D is definitely a worthy one as it retains much of what was loved in its predecessor but has new and improved features such as the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology that puts it in a league of its own.

(previously published in issue March 2014)

Canon EOS 70D